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Planning a Healthy Vegan Wedding

Planning a wedding is often one of the biggest and most exciting events of many couples’ lives.  If you’ve ever planned any kind of event, you know that it’s not always easy.  No matter how happy and exciting the celebration, events require a lot of advanced planning.  When it’s a vegan wedding and you’re planning it on a limited budget and on short notice, that makes it even more of a challenge!  I’m sharing the details of my wedding last year to my husband, Brian, as I hope it gives you some Read more […]

Vegan is Love

Top 10 Children’s Books about Veganism, Animals & Compassion, Part 1

I was recently asked by a fellow parent who was interested in living a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle how she could teach her two children the importance of empathy and compassion for others – especially for our animal friends.  She was asking specifically how to communicate the fact that animals and their secretions (cows, chicken, fish, eggs and cow milk) that might be offered to her children by well-meaning family and friends are no different from our pets, including cats and dogs. Read more […]

Wholesome Vegan Holiday Cookies!

Title: Wholesome Vegan Holiday Cookies!Location: Whole Foods Market SacramentoLink out: Click hereDescription: Hands-on Class: Open to all Ages. In this fun and festive hands-on class, we’ll make wholesome versions of your holiday favorites, completely free of animal products and anything artificial. Menu Snowball Cookies Slim & Sparkly Sugar Cookies Lemon Bars Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps Cost: $40.00 Start Time: 6:30Date: 2015-12-02 Read more […]

The Benefits of Turmeric

Title: The Benefits of TurmericLocation: Whole Foods Market SacramentoLink out: Click hereDescription: Turmeric is one of the most important spices we can add to our diets for its health-supportive benefits. It has been the subject of numerous studies on its anti-inflammatory benefits. Come taste and learn more about this exotic spice! Menu Lemony Spinach Lentil Soup Whole Wheat Fettucine with Tofu, Spinach & Peppers in Creamy Turmeric Sauce Winter Vegetables & Tofu with Yellow Curry Aloo Read more […]

Happy Healthy Halloween Kids Class

Title: Happy Healthy Halloween Kids ClassLocation: Whole Foods Market SacramentoLink out: Click hereDescription: Hands-on Class: Open to Children 5 – 12 years of age With so much candy around at this time of year, it’s important to find balance by filling kid up with plenty of fun, tasty, healthy foods. With these yummy recipes, show your kids that healthy food can be both fun and tasty! Each of these wholesome treats are perfect for classroom parties, too! Menu Green Goblin Smoothies Graveyard Read more […]

Seasonal Vegan Cooking – Beets!

Title: Seasonal Vegan Cooking – Beets!Location: Whole Foods Market SacramentoLink out: Click hereDescription: Beets are in season and they are hot! Beets are not only beautiful, with their vibrant crimson or golden hues, they are also good for you. Beets help support not only heart health, but overall vascular health as well. During class, we’ll discuss just what makes beets so special. Menu: Silky Golden Beet Soup with Beet Greens Heartbeet Salad Blissful Beet Burger Burgundy Velvet CupcakesStart Read more […]

Chocolate Candy Balls approved by Dr Greger

Chocolate Candy Balls (Forbidden Chocolate Coconut Truffles) – Dr. Greger Approved!

I am honored and delighted that one of my recipes has just received Dr. Greger’s stamp of approval!  This is part of a new project being launched in the next few months at Chocolate Candy Balls (Forbidden Chocolate Coconut Truffles) Grown-ups call these truffles, but in my experience, that doesn’t sound great to kids.  Chocolate Candy Balls sounds like more fun.  These truffles are rich and chocolatey, yet are virtually fat-free and are made entirely from Read more […]


Save Water, Eat Plants! How Eating Vegan Can Help the Environment

47% of California’s water footprint is associated with the production of meat and dairy and only 4% is associated with direct household water consumption, yet information about the link between our diet and water has not yet been recommended by the state or federal government. There is consensus among leading scientists and health and environmental organizations, including NASA, the United Nations, Oxfam, UNESCO, Water Footprint Network, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the US Environmental Read more […]

Glorious Greens

Title: Glorious GreensLocation: The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-opLink out: Click hereDescription: Glorious Greens Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8:30 pm $45, $35 Co-op owners In this delicious, nutrient-packed class, we’ll cook a whole day’s worth of dark leafy greens, showing that yes, you can enjoy eating vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Menu includes: power green frittata for breakfast; herbed green quinoa salad for lunch, and arugula and fresh corn salad and white bean and kale Read more […]

No-Cook Vegan Summer Meals

Title: No-Cook Vegan Summer Meals Location: The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Link out: Click here Description: No-Cook Vegan Summer Meals Tuesday, August 11, 6:30-8:30 pm $45, $35 Co-op owners This class features fresh and simple recipes highlighting seasonal produce—you’ll want to make them throughout the summer, even when you don’t feel like cooking. Our menu is oil-free and allows for gluten-free options, including blender gazpacho with heirloom tomatoes; tofu and miso pesto sandwiches; Read more […]

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